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G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2009 Jul-Sep;31(3 Suppl B):B25-30.

Massage therapy in the workplace: reducing employee strain and blood pressure.

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Dept of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS. Arla.Day@smu.ca

Abstract

AIM:

Assess the effects of workplace-based massage therapy on physiological and psychological outcomes.

METHODS:

We used afield experiment in which 28 participants were randomly assigned into either an experimental (n = 14) or control (n = 14) group. The experimental group received weekly massage treatments at work for a four week period while the control group did not.

RESULTS:

Both strain and blood pressure were significantly reduced during treatment for the experimental group but not for the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides initial support for the effectiveness of workplace-based massage therapy as part of a comprehensive workplace health strategy.

PMID:
20518225
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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